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Last updated: 15 JANUARY 2022

There have been changes to the entry process and quarantine protocols for international flight passengers arriving in the Philippines (including the Ninoy Aquino International Airport or NAIA, Clark International Airport, and Mactan Cebu International Airport), following the latest resolution by the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging and Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

The requirements and protocols vary depending on a number of factors, most importantly your vaccination status and your country of origin. Passengers are classified into two types:

  • FULLY VACCINATED. You’re considered “fully vaccinated” if it has been at least 14 days since you received your second jab of a two-dose vaccine (or your only shot of a one-dose vaccine), and your vaccination status can be verified independently by Philippine authorities upon arrival.
  • NON-FULLY VACCINATED. This includes those who are completely UNVACCINATED or PARTIALLY VACCINATED. If your vaccination status can’t be independently verified by the authorities, you’ll be required to follow protocol for NON-fully vaccinated.

If you’re traveling with a minor: the testing and quarantine protocol of the accompanying parent or guardian shall apply, regardless of the minor’s vaccination status and country of origin. As of December 2021, minors 3 years and below with no symptoms are exempted from taking the RT-PCR test or presenting a negative RT-PCR test result. If minor 3 and below has symptoms, the usual testing and quarantine protocol shall apply.

Your country of origin also matters. Countries and territories are color coded, depending on the local COVID-19 situation:

  • RED, high risk (strictest)
  • YELLOW, moderate risk
  • GREEN, low risk.

The classifications change quickly so we’re not including them here. For the list of GREEN, YELLOW, and RED countries, check the PCOO’s official FB page.

Here are the entry requirements and protocol for international passengers arriving in the Philippines. Note that this post only covers items that are related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Other immigration and customs requirements still apply and must be met.

❗️ Keep in mind that because policies change quickly, frequently and erratically, it is still best contact the authorities directly for the most updated list.

If Coming from a GREEN List Country/Territory

Fully Vaccinated

  • Present Negative RT-PCR test result, taken within 48 hours before departure.
  • NO hotel quarantine needed
  • Self-monitor for symptoms until DAY 7 from arrival

Non-Vaccinated & Partially Vaccinated

  • Present Negative RT-PCR test result, taken within 48 hours before departure.
  • Undergo hotel quarantine until release of negative swab test result. For non-OFWs, here are your options: List of Accredited Quarantine Hotels!
  • Take swab test on DAY 5.
  • Self-monitor for symptoms until DAY 14 from arrival

If Coming from a YELLOW List Country/Territory

Fully Vaccinated

  • Present Negative RT-PCR test result, taken within 48 hours before departure.
  • Undergo hotel quarantine until release of negative swab test result. For non-OFWs, here are your options: List of Accredited Quarantine Hotels!
  • Take swab test on Quarantine DAY 5.
  • Complete quarantine at home until DAY 7.

Non-Vaccinated & Partially Vaccinated

  • Present Negative RT-PCR test result, taken within 48 hours before departure.
  • Undergo hotel quarantine until release of negative swab test result. For non-OFWs, here are your options: List of Accredited Quarantine Hotels!
  • Take swab test on DAY 7.
  • Complete quarantine at home until DAY 14.

If Coming from a RED List Country/Territory

Fully Vaccinated

  • Present Negative RT-PCR test result, taken within 48 hours before departure.
  • Undergo hotel quarantine until release of negative swab test result. For non-OFWs, here are your options: List of Accredited Quarantine Hotels!
  • Take swab test on Quarantine DAY 7.
  • Complete quarantine at home until DAY 14.

Non-Vaccinated & Partially Vaccinated

  • Present Negative RT-PCR test result, taken within 48 hours before departure.
  • Undergo hotel quarantine for 10 DAYS. For non-OFWs, here are your options: List of Accredited Quarantine Hotels!
  • Take swab test on DAY 7.
  • Complete quarantine at home until DAY 14.

Accepted Proof of Vaccination

Aside from where you’re coming from, where you got inoculated also matters and affects the type of vaccination proof.

The Philippine authorities must be able to confirm or verify that the certificate or proof of vaccination is valid or authentic.

To prove your vaccination status, present any of the following:

If Vaccinated in the Philippines

These apply to (1) OFWs and their spouse, parent(s), and/or children traveling with them; (2) non-OFWs; and (3) foreigners vaccinated in the Philippines.

  • VaxCertPH (digital vaccination certificate)
  • International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICV), issued by the Bureau of Quarantine and World Health Organization
  • National or state certificate from the foreign government accepting VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement (unless otherwise specified by IATF)

The vaccine you got must be in the list of the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or through a Compassionate Special Permit (CSP).

READ: HOW TO GET AN INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATE OF VACCINATION FROM BOQ!

If Vaccinated Abroad

These apply to non-OFWs and foreign nationals vaccinated abroad:

  • ICV, issued by the WHO
  • National or state certificate from the foreign government of the area where they were vaccinated, accepting VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement (unless otherwise specified by IATF)

The vaccine must be in the Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization.


Philippine Airport Arrival Guides

For a more detailed step-by-step guide to the AIRPORT ARRIVAL PROCESSES in the Philippines, check out these posts:

  • NAIA Arrival Protocol
  • Clark Airport Arrival Protocol
  • Cebu Airport Arrival Protocol


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    alyzza maro

    Hi, I read on the PAL website that there must be only one person in each hotel room for the quarantine-upon-arrival. I am planning on traveling with my husband and I think it’s absolute BS that they won’t even allow married couples to stay together. It seems like another way for the govt. to squeeze out as much money from travelers. I haven’t seen that rule posted anywhere other than the PAL website so I’m hoping that it is just false info. I sure hope it is but if you know any information confirming this, please let me know. Thank you.

    Wilmer

    I have the same issue. Please confirm!

    Melissa Suzanne Reichenbacher

    How can you pre register for your swab test if you are not a PAL passenger (we are flying JAL, entering as eligible foreigners).

    Estela

    Same question. I am flying United.

    Pete

    Same question. I am boarding Korean Air. I am trying to search for pre-booking/pre-payment of PCR test/screening or any consolidated info regarding what to do upon arrival. But I cant find a thing except in PAL!

    May D. Yu

    Hi, I plan to go to Sfo thru PAL, so it would be aconnecting flight from Cebu( Mactan Int’l Airport) . Also when comming back home it would also be a connecting flight from SFO -MANILA-CEBU? May I know what is the procedure?

    Jev

    It was a very frustrating how IATF hire poorly trained personnel with limited knowledge of what they are doing in checking OFW’s,balikbayan,foreigner papers.They could even identify if rapid test PCR and Rapid test ( NAAT) are the same ,but NAAT is more specific than PCR. Google What is the difference between NAAT and PCR.

    Bryan

    Holy hell, you need a degree in quantum mechanics to visit…this is idiotic